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Chapter 15: Safe? Definitely!

“Safe?” said Mr Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Mr. Beaver, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis

 

If I ever had the notion that following God would be safe, I was wrong.  Not in the world’s mindset at least.  Since I last updated you on our adventures, we have spoken at 6 church’s, receiving nearly 25% of our first year’s funding, 12% of our two-year budget.  If you include our monthly pledges we have almost 25% of our two-year budget.  Wow.  God is so good!

 

Surrendering fully to God, trusting in Him, believing He is good and faithful, is not easy.  It is completely worth it.  The more you trust Him, the more he seems to provide and freely give…and peace will fill your heart.

We flew from Boston to Portland to spend 6 weeks with the Sautter family.  To be able to spend such quality time with Michelle’s family was incredible.  We couldn’t have planned it better!  God opened doors for us to have some incredible contacts with the owners of the faith-based coffee house Symposium, to share with Beaverton and Bend Church of the Nazarene, and to join in the wedding celebration of Michelle’s brother, Josh.  What an incredible time of fellowship, meeting new friends, and sharing God’s call on our lives and His faithfulness in providing for that call.  God is good, all the time!

 

From Portland we traveled to Pagosa Springs, CO.  Here we are visiting Brad’s side of the family until the 2nd of October.  We have enjoyed the outdoors lifestyle of fishing, hiking, and the exhausting trek up and down stairs.  Well, the latter is more of the adjustment to the higher altitude (7,700ft plus) to be fair.  We have had some amazing church connections with Valley Church of the Nazarene (Monte Vista), Centerpointe (Pagosa Springs), and Cortez Church of the Nazarene.  These Church’s have been such a tribute and reflection of what a community of Christ looks like.

 

Since being back in the States, we have played on beaches of both coasts, took a train from Durango to Silverton, camped in cabins, and have visited over 15 different cities (longer than just passing through) in 3 states.  We have traveled more miles than I ever thought we would, shook more hands than I can remember, and experienced the amazing wonders of God’s beauty in more ways that I can express.  Every church we share at, I am humbled by how great the movement of God is.  God is not limited by denominational lines; by the human condition, or our weakness.  God is limitless, unstoppable, and has an unmatched wealth of resources.

We praise God for the financial blessing that seems to overflow with each Church and community we share our story.  We thank Him for opening doors in the various locations that we find ourselves traveling through and to.  We cannot thank Him enough for the peace that He has given us.  The more we share about our return to Poland, the greater our love for the Polish people grows.  We are grateful for great friends that have stepped in and pouring out their lives into the shop.

 

If you would please keep us in your prayers, we would be grateful!
Please pray for continued strength as we enter the most taxing of our traveling adventures.

…that church’s would continue to open up for us to share our story

…that we would be responsive to God’s leading in the few months we have left here in the States

…that we would receive the funding to stay as long as God would intend for us to (we believe to be 2 years)

…that personal finances would be taken care of as our student loan payments return

…that  we would continue to glorify God in all we do, being fully devoted followers of Christ.

Thank you so much for your support in whichever way you support us.  We are privileged to have such kind, caring, and supportive friends such as yourselves.  We would not have done what we did, doing what we do, and preparing for the journey we are on, if it had not been for your support.  THANK YOU!

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